Well, the debate is over. Thankfully.
Here’s my take: Johnson looked stiff and rehearsed, and stuck to his talking points, it appeared, regardless whether they matched the questions or not.
McKinney looked marginally more comfortable in front of the cameras, and was beating him fairly soundly until a panelist asked Johnson how his policies would differ from the Congresswoman’s. In his answer, Johnson stated a willingness to “reach across the aisle” and “work together” for the good of the nation. McKinney responded by calling him “the Republicans’ men,” and accusing him of saying in his answer that he would be “just like the Republicans.” She followed that by (unconvincingly) characterizing herself as “independent” and beholden only to the people.
The bottom line? It’s hard to imagine many voters being truly undecided in any race involving Cynthia McKinney. The lines have been drawn pretty clearly for weeks now in this particular contest, and I would be very surprised if many minds were made up (or changed) by tonight’s debate. What do you think?